Dogs and cats cannot sweat like we do and can overheat quickly when temperatures begin to soar.
Those most at risk of overheating are:
- older animals
- with thick or dark-colored coats
NEVER leave your pet in the car.
An 85 degree day, takes 10 minutes for the inside of a car to reach 102 degrees, even if the windows are left open a few inches. In 30 minutes, the inside of a car can reach 120 degrees.
If your pet is outside, make sure it has access to shade and water. AND be sure the water is fresh everyday!!
If you’re one who rides a bike and has a dog running beside you…STOP IT!!
Do not exercise your dog in the middle of the day or after a meal.
Hot asphalt and tar can burn your pet’s paw pads, so walk your dog on grass or dirt whenever possible.
What are the signs of trouble?
If you suspect your pet is overheated, bring the body temperature down by rinsing the animal in cool water (not ice) and seek immediate veterinary care.